Selected Shorts

Series produced by Selected Shorts

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One-hour weekly program featuring readings of short fiction by classic and emerging writers read by top Broadway and Hollywood actors (ongoing).

NOTE: This program is available to PRI affiliates. For more information please email memberships@prx.org.

“One of the finest evenings at the theatre.”

– David Sedaris about Selected Shorts

"Selected Shorts: Let Us Tell You A Story" presents some best-loved selections of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors and recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. Stories are alternately funny, sad, moving, and exciting and make a perfect accompaniment to daily activities such as driving, cooking, exercising, and relaxing. Some of the finest artists of the American theater and screen come through the doors of Symphony Space in a typical season. It is from these recordings that the radio show is produced. For almost three decades, performances have featured works by contemporary greats such as Alice Munro, John Updike, John Edgar Wideman, Joan Didion, TC Boyle and Alice Walker; as well as the fresh, vivid and diverse works of a new generation of remarkable literary talents, from Pulitzer Prize-winning Jhumpa Lahiri, best seller Neil Gaiman and Ian Frazier to promising newcomers like Etgar Keret and humorist Simon Rich. Distinguished works by classic masters such as Edith Wharton, James Thurber, Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allan Poe have been thrilling audiences for years.

More than 80 stories are read to captivated audiences during a single"Selected Shorts" live performance season. Favorite "Selected Shorts" actors who have read in recent seasons are Hope Davis, Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Liev Schreiber, Sally Field, Willem Dafoe, Robert Sean Leonard, David Strathairn and Stephen Colbert.

"Selected Shorts" tours its live programs each year to destinations across the country. Venues have included the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; the Fitzgerald Theater in Minneapolis; Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago; Town Hall in Seattle; The Mount in Lenox, Mass.; The Dallas Museum of Art; and the Westport Arts Center in Connecticut.

There are currently a dozen "Selected Shorts" thematic CDs, which feature listeners' best-loved stories, including "Baseball!," "Timeless Classics," "Food Fictions," "Travel Tales," "Falling in Love," "Edith Wharton," and most recently, "Even More Laughs," "POE!" and "Behaving Badly." Additionally there are several digital only collections available exclusively at Selectedshorts.org. Hide full description

“One of the finest evenings at the theatre.”– David Sedaris about Selected Shorts"Selected Shorts: Let Us Tell You A Story" presents some best-loved selections of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors and recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. Stories are alternately funny, sad, moving, and exciting and make a perfect accompaniment to daily activities such as driving, cooking, exercising, and relaxing. Some of the finest artists of the American theater and screen come through the doors of Symphony Space in a typical season. It is from these recordings that the radio show is produced. For almost three decades, performances have featured works by contemporary greats such as Alice Munro, John Updike, John Edgar Wideman, Joan Didion, TC... Show full description


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47 Pieces

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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents excerpts from works by novelist John Irving. Orphans are cared for by a tough guy and a tough dog in "The Broken...

  • Added: Dec 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents four works from this legendary literary magazine: “How to Travel with a Salmon,” by Umberto Eco, performed ...

  • Added: Dec 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
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Guest host David Sedaris introduces two stories about people with guilty consciences.

  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents provocative stories by T.C. Boyle and A.M. Homes. "Top of the Food Chain" is performed by Zach Grenier.

  • Added: Nov 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Kate Burton presents two stories about parents and children. Patricia Kalember performs "Matrilineal," by Tessa Hadley, and Thomas Gibs...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Guest host Jane Curtin presents four works by Chekhov: “A Drama,” by Anton Chekhov, performed by Cynthia Nixon; “Rapture,” by Anton Chekhov, perfo...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Guest host Kate Burton presents three stories about politics. "The Voter," by Chinua Achebe is performed by Arthur French; "Occupy Jen's Street," ...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2018
  • Length: 59:01